"Every species of government has its specific principles. Ours perhaps are more peculiar than those of any other in the universe. It is a composition of the freest principles of the English constitution, with others derived from natural right and natural reason."
by:
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source:
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 8 (1783)
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 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Concurring with Benjamin Franklin, " All the property that is necessary to a man, for the conservation of the individual and the propagation of the species, is his Natural Right, which none can justly deprive, [plunder] him of:" Sovereignty of the individual is set in motion with the founding of this nation, USA, unique in the universe, among a sea of monarchs, and dictators. The shield of this nation is rooted in commonsense provided by our Creator. 
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    We hold this truth to be self evident. Though the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land is doing all that it can to pervert the here statement, the principles are still found in the heats of the free.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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